Courses

By the end of this class, you will know how to define your retirement lifestyle, understand your income needs and create your own personal retirement checklist. Learn investment planning techniques and risk avoidance strategies. Don't get caught unprepared for retirement.


February 16-18, 2021, ONLINE WEBEX
This course is designed to help you begin or take the next step toward changing any behavior (e.g., losing weight, eating better, improving a relationship, reducing stress, creating life balance, etc.). Learn the five evidence-based principles that have proven essential to the foundation of successful behavioral change.


Wednesday, February 3, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Discover reasons why you are unable to sleep at night, struggling with low energy, or why your libido has disappeared. Hormones can influence behavior and mood, give zest for life or leave you dragging. Explore the connection between thyroid, adrenal, and sex hormones, and learn how you can gain control.


Wednesday, February 17, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Are you interested in plant-based eating but not sure where to start? Join Chef Holly in this Q&A conversation and cooking demonstration class. Holly will help you explore the basics of plant-based eating as she demonstrates recipes for you to make at home. Recipes, shopping lists and kitchen equipment needed will be provided in advance for those who would like to cook along with the demonstration.


Sunday, January 24, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Join Chef Katie as she teaches you how to make flaky cheese biscuits and fruity scones. Pair the biscuits with a hearty soup for lunch or dinner and enjoy a delicious scone with a cup of coffee or tea in the morning. Both the biscuits and scones freeze well so you can have them on hand for future meals. Recipes, shopping lists and kitchen equipment needed will be provided in advance for those who would like to bake along with the demonstration.


Saturday, January 23, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Join professional whiskey distiller Rick Molitor from New Basin Distilling Company to learn everything you need to know about bourbon. Rick will discuss the process of making bourbon and lead you through the exploration of taste notes and the best strategies for enjoying bourbon. Tasting kit included in price. Must be 21 years of age or older and show ID to pick up the kit.


Sunday, March 7, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
In this two-part class, learn to make a delicious and beautiful chocolate cake from start to finish. On day one, Chef Katie will demonstrate how to create the cake batter and discuss proper baking techniques. She will also show you how to make a Swiss buttercream frosting and ganache. On day two, you will slice and assemble your cake using a crumb coat and then a smooth coat of frosting. Learn basic piping techniques and how to top your cake with a pool of ganache. Become the maker of the best birthday cake ever!


February 20-21, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Join Chef Candy and explore key concepts and skills to improve your culinary techniques, menu planning and overall confidence in providing restaurant-quality food to your family and friends. In this session, students will discover the magic of braising using both dry and moist heat methods. Recipes, shopping lists and kitchen equipment needed are provided in advance for those who would like to cook along with the demonstration.


Saturday, March 6, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Join Chef Candy and explore key concepts and skills to improve your culinary techniques, menu planning and overall confidence in providing restaurant-quality food to your family and friends. In this session, students will learn how to cook a filet of fish using this moist heat method. Recipes, shopping lists and kitchen equipment needed is provided in advance for those who would like to cook along with the demonstration.


Saturday, January 16, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Join Chef Candy and explore key concepts and skills to improve your culinary techniques, menu planning and overall confidence in providing restaurant-quality food to your family and friends. In this session, students will explore a dry heat method often used for larger cuts of meat or fish. Recipes, shopping lists and kitchen equipment needed will be provided in advance for those who would like to cook along with the demonstration.


Saturday, February 27, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Join Chef Candy and explore key concepts and skills to improve your culinary techniques, menu planning and overall confidence in providing restaurant-quality food to your family and friends. In this session, students will learn that high heat, minimal fat and the right cut are the secrets to the perfect saute. Proper grilling techniques for meat, fish or vegetables will also be covered. Recipes, shopping lists and kitchen equipment needed will be provided in advance for those who would like to cook along with the demonstration.


Saturday, February 13, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
We make many choices in the course of our day, but some of those decisions stand out. There are moral and ethical dilemmas that leave us wondering if we made the right choice. A simple example is whether to sit in a slow-moving exit lane or cut in at the last moment - sound familiar? Join us for a lively discussion about the various types of dilemmas we face as well as what drives us to make our choices. End the time with a toolkit to help you navigate your next dilemma.


Wednesday, February 24, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Using a mixture of lecture and hands-on application, your expert instructor will guide you through the importance of using scale and design before building, foundation basics, the components of a typical wall framing system, framing and truss layout, and roof system basics. You'll learn how to safely use construction tools and tricks of the trade for basic construction for homeowners. For students who want to learn about home/project based construction. Tools will be provided. Students will need to provide their own construction appropriate gloves.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Landscape professionals and homeowners can learn about drip and low volume irrigation, including the basics of how a typical irrigation system works, and steps to convert a traditional sprinkler zone into a drip zone.


April 13-15, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Explore the reasons for establishing a Durable Power of Attorney, Advance Directive, Medical Authorization, Will, or Living Trust, especially in these uncertain times. This overview of estate planning addresses creating an estate plan, trust administration, probate, and estate taxes.


Wednesday, March 3, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
In this comprehensive overview of the ketogenic diet, Integrative Nutritionist Dianne Porter will help you determine if this diet is right for you. Explore the types of foods to include as well as which ones to exclude in your diet. Learn how to avoid common pitfalls and how to troubleshoot for stalled weight loss, mood balance, fatigue, and sleep issues. You will also learn how to time your carbohydrate intake.


Tuesday, February 9, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Learn relevant information on a variety of financial topics including stocks, bonds, mutual funds and asset allocation. This course will also review the basics of retirement planning, estate planning and preparing for the unexpected.


Wednesday, March 3, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Join Chef Katie as she demonstrates how to bake delicious French Macaron cookies. Learn how to pipe the dough into perfect rounds and once they are baked, fill them with rich chocolate ganache. Recipes, shopping lists and kitchen equipment needed will be provided in advance for those who would like to cook along with the demonstration.


Saturday, March 13, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Discover the many little-known aids for taming inflammation, reducing arthritis pain and slowing deterioration of joints and discs. Learn about proven and beneficial home remedies, supplements and tools for more comfortable movement.


Tuesday, March 16, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Generative writing workshops provide time and space to create new work inspired by writing prompts, craft discussions, and sharing work. In this session, we will use some of the techniques of the Beat writers (many of them "borrowed" from the Surrealist writers!) to get in touch with our inner cool cats. Expect to play with word collage, collaborative writing exercises, and automatic writing. Writers of all levels, in all genres, are welcome.


Sunday, January 17, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Generative writing workshops provide time and space to create new work inspired by writing prompts, craft discussions, and sharing work. In this session, we will write about real world problems and challenges made new by the reveal of magical elements. Be inspired by prompts that intertwine everyday experiences with fairy tale and mythology. Writers of all levels, in all genres are welcome.


Sunday, February 28, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Generative writing workshops provide time and space to create new work inspired by writing prompts, craft discussions, and sharing work. In this session, we will look at creative ways to employ revision to re-think and re-see our writing. Writers of all levels, in all genres, are welcome.


Sunday, February 7, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Join Dianne Porter, Integrative Nutritionist, as she demonstrates baking techniques using a variety of gluten-free flours. Observe or bake along in your kitchen and learn to make delicious Date Pecan Scones using almond flour, Brownies with coconut flour, and Blueberry Coffee Cake with commercial GF flour mix. Recipes, shopping lists and kitchen equipment needed will be provided in advance for those who would like to bake along with the demonstration.


Saturday, February 6, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Bring a world of flavors to your dinner table with these gluten-free and dairy-free classic sauces that draw from various ethnic traditions. Gain mastery of the following sauces: Mexican Mole Sauce, Thai Coconut Curry, Mediterranean Caper Sauce, and Spanish Romesco Sauce. These sauces are bursting with flavor while accommodating common dietary restrictions. Recipes, shopping lists and kitchen equipment needed will be provided in advance for those who would like to cook along with the demonstration.


Sunday, March 14, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Is your body craving a healthy reset after all of the holiday indulgence? Never fear, soup season is here! Join Chef Holly as she demonstrates how to make three different soups filled with vitamin-packed winter vegetables, powerful antioxidants, and rich flavor. Cook along in your own kitchen as we create delicious recipes like Thai Coconut/Sweet Potato/Lentil Curry Stew, Creamy Cauliflower and Kale Detox Soup, and Silky Butternut Squash and Sage Soup. Recipes, shopping lists and kitchen equipment needed will be provided in advance for those who would like to cook along with the demonstration.


Saturday, January 30, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Designed for parents who are looking for herbal solutions in treating simple childhood issues. A variety of common childhood ailments including abrasions, colds, earaches, diarrhea, irritability and teething will be discussed. Parents will discover common herbs that are safe for use by children.


Wednesday, January 13, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Many cultures throughout the world utilize herbs as tonics for healthy aging. Explore many of these herbal traditions and the use of herbal tonics to strengthen immunity, endurance and longevity. Learn about individual herbs and explore age-old formulas.


Wednesday, February 10, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
American cuisine reflects the history of the United States, blending the culinary contributions of a variety of groups around the world as well as many deeply rooted heritages. Chef Candy will explore the South with delicious Fried Chicken and Mac 'n Cheese. Recipes, shopping lists and kitchen equipment needed will be provided in advance for those who would like to cook along with the demonstration.


Sunday, February 14, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
French food and cooking are generally considered the backbone and underpinning of many cuisines across the Western world. Join Chef Candy as she demonstrates Fish en Papillote, an easy, healthy, and flavorful way to cook fish; sealed in a parchment paper pouch, the fish is essentially steamed and infused with flavor inside a convenient little package. Recipes, shopping lists and kitchen equipment needed will be provided in advance for those who would like to cook along with the demonstration.


Sunday, February 7, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Italian food is a very diverse cuisine. Each of the twenty Italian regions have a distinctive set of flavors, recipes, products and ingredients. Join Chef Candy on this exploration of Italy with a Vegetarian Bolognese with Handmade Orecchiette . Recipes, shopping lists and kitchen equipment needed will be provided in advance for those who would like to cook along with the demonstration.


Sunday, January 24, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Take a virtual trip to Valencia and learn to make Paella, a traditional rice dish of Spain that has many variations. Chef Candy will prepare a colorful mixture of saffron-flavored rice with assorted shellfish, fish and chorizo sausage, using a paellera, the flat, round pan in which it is cooked. She will also prepare Patatas Bravas, a classic tapa. Recipes, shopping lists and kitchen equipment needed will be provided in advance for those who would like to cook along with the demonstration.


Sunday, January 31, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Interested in sharing your memoir, poetry, photographs, or other creative work with the world? In this introductory class, learn about the pros and cons of self-publishing; the online platforms available for formatting, printing, and distributing your work; and which publishing methods are most appropriate for your goals.


Saturday, February 27, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Join trained wine sommelier Laura Craska-Cooper for an evening of wine appreciation. This course is designed for those who like wine and want to know more about it, and for those who would like to enjoy wine and just don't know where to begin. Learn about the basic components of wine and the fundamentals of wine tasting. The instructor will provide a list of three wines to purchase prior to the class so students can taste along with her if they choose (optional). Participating students must be 21 years of age or older.


Thursday, February 25, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Learn what you need to know before it's too late to make the most of your Social Security!


Tuesday, February 2, 2021, ONLINE WEBEX
Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a continual learning process. Professionals with previous MI training or practice will continue developing skills in their role supporting individuals to make and sustain behavior changes.


Friday, March 12, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Dietary supplements can be valuable aids for restoring and maintaining your health or they can be an unnecessary expense that may even harm your health. Learn tips for buying, storing and taking supplements and how to assess if the supplements you take are actually working for you.


Tuesday, March 2, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Celebrate your precious memories each month by using your photos to create a calendar for the coming year! Professional organizer and photo coach Debbie Bauman will guide you through the steps to select an online platform, upload or access your digital photos, and create a one-of-a-kind calendar.


Tuesday, January 12, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Winter holidays call for a buffet of dishes that highlight seasonal flavors and mouth-watering ingredients. Join Chef Holly as she demonstrates how to make flavorful, plant-based dishes such as Delicata Squash with Cranberries and Wild Rice, Lemon-Garlic Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Christmas Bruschetta, and Chocolate-Peppermint Cookies. Students will leave class with an understanding of the benefits of plant-based eating and the methods for creating wintertime holiday recipes. Recipes, shopping lists and kitchen equipment needed will be provided in advance or those who would like to cook along with the demonstration. New recipes are used each class, so returning students are welcome.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Is it possible to create a tasty and show-stopping Italian feast without dairy or meat? Absolutely! Chef Holly will demonstrate how to make a completely plant-based Italian feast including fresh Caprese Salad, rich Veggie Lasagna, and decadent Tiramisu. Learn about high-quality substitutes for different cheeses and meats. Recipes, shopping lists and kitchen equipment needed will be provided in advance for those who would like to cook along with the demonstration.


Wednesday, March 17, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Indoor plants can boost moods, reduce stress, clean the air, and exude healing energy as you nurture them and watch them grow. In this class, learn five quick care tips, explore the best houseplants for the Central Oregon climate, learn how to make a houseplant thrive in your own home, and much more.


Saturday, February 6, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Chronic inflammation can cause irreversible damage to joints, bowels, heart and blood vessels and the brain. This class covers the causes, effects and remedies of this type of inflammation. Explore anti-inflammatory diets now being used by millions to significantly improve their health.


Tuesday, January 26, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Everyone judges a book by its cover. In this class for self-publishers, study the principles of good cover design, learn how to find stock images and fonts that can be used in commercial projects, and observe a demonstration on how to create a complete cover file using a graphic design program.


Saturday, March 13, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
This online meeting will help you gather information about COCC's bilingual training preparing individuals to serve as Health Care Interpreters in medical settings. Registration for meeting is required to receive online access link.


Monday, February 8, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Wednesday, March 17, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Learn the details of the 2018 Tax Law and how it may affect your personal tax situation. Discussion will include tax optimization strategies for gifting, Social Security, estate planning and investments including Roth conversions.


Tuesday, January 26, 2021, ONLINE WEBEX
Medicare is a critical source of health insurance for 44 million Americans. You need in-depth information on the often confusing process of the Medicare system to make informed choices with your own, or a loved one's, health insurance.


Tuesday, January 26, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Thursday, February 25, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Wednesday, March 10, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Learn how to boost and maintain a strong immune system so you can have more energy, better mood balance and greater resilience in the face of stress or injury.


Tuesday, January 12, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Discover how to create delicious baked goods without using traditional animal products such as dairy and eggs. Explore the basics of vegan baking substitutes including flaxseed, aquafaba, and other plant-based baking options. Learn to bake delicious vegan muffins, quick breads, savory dinner rolls, and brownies. Recipes, shopping lists and kitchen equipment needed will be provided in advance for those who would like to cook along with the demonstration.


Sunday, February 28, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
Baja California's beautiful Valle de Guadalupe wine region is a widely undiscovered secret, home to many wineries and top winemakers. Take a tasting tour of Baja and learn about how the Mediterranean-like microclimates make the area favorable to growing popular regional wines. The instructor will provide a general list of three wines to purchase prior to the class so students can taste along if they choose (optional). Participating students must be 21 years of age or older.


Thursday, March 18, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM
The Wines of France class will provide an overview of the major wine-producing regions in France before diving into wines from three different regions. Learn to navigate the wine labeling hierarchy of the three regions and understand the factors that make each region unique from the other. The instructor will provide a general list of three wines to purchase before the class so students can taste along if they choose (optional). Participating students must be 21 years of age or older.


This course contains no sessions at this time.
Taste your way around New Zealand and discover the world-class wines of this beautiful country. This course will provide a bird's eye overview of the major wine-producing regions before diving into three wines from different wine regions. By the end of class, students will be able to identify their favorite wines from New Zealand and understand the factors that make each region unique from the other. The instructor will provide a general list of three wines to purchase before the class so students can taste along if they choose (optional). Participating students must be 21 years of age or older.


Thursday, February 11, 2021, ONLINE ZOOM